The host derives from the Latin word “Hostia” or “victim” offered in sacrifice, as Jesus did for the salvation of humanity.
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Get in line to wait their turn; answer ” Amen “to the priest says” The Body of Christ “; receive the host in his mouth or in his hand … They are the gestures that we do every time we go to the altar and receive communion. Habitual gestures, but with them every time we celebrate again the moment when Jesus, during the Last Supper , he distributed to the disciples the bread and wine as his body and his blood offered for the salvation of all men. In the Gospel of Luke (22, 19-20) we read: ” Then he took the bread , gave thanks, broke it and gave it to them saying, “This is my body which is given for you; Do this in memory of me “ . And, after dinner, did the same with the cup: ” This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is shed for you ‘” . In the moment of Consecration , therefore, the bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Christ , as the dogma of Transubstantiation.
A small wafer without yeast …
Today, for practical reasons, we usually receive only the bread , and the wine is drunk by the priest , representing all the faithful. That bread, then, the Body of Christ , we are given the form of a wafer. Before the consecration, the host is nothing more than a small wafer of bread unleavened , ie, water and bread prepared with wheat flour but without yeast , the Jewish way. A wafer that is used
currently in the kitchen, in particular for sweets . It is a sheet of wafer, for example, the one that covers the nougat and gingerbread, as is the one that sits on top of the cakes, especially those aimed at parties of children , to customize with different lettering. The wafers can be purchased in supermarkets and specialized stores (industrial ones), or prepare at home.
What changes the ” meaning “ of the host is, as we said, his consecration. Once consecrated , it is no longer bread. That particle thin, circular shape, the priest gives us is the true Body of Christ under the appearance of bread. But why, then, we receive it as a ostia and not with a piece of bread, as happened to the early Christians ? Again, mainly for convenience . The wafers are very small and, therefore, easier to store. It is not easy to trace the precise moment when the bread was replaced in the communion from the host. The most likely hypothesis is that it was a smooth transition , probably started when he began to spread the use of guard in the church consecrated bread, so it was not necessary to have quantity bulky to store.
After all, this is still happening today: after Mass, the consecrated hosts are kept in the Tabernacle. A thing we know with certainty, however, is that the bread used in the celebration of the Eucharisthas always had a flat shape, because it is prepared without the yeast that would swell during cooking. Just for the host is linked to one of the first episodes that have helped us to know and love Francis .
The letter and the gift of the prisoner
in July 2013 , the Pope received a letter from Gabriela Caballero , an inmate of Argentina. The letter was delivered by Monsignor Oscar Vicente Ojea , Bishop of San Isidro , with some wafers prepared by the woman in the lab where he works with some cellmates in the prison of San Martin, near Buenos Aires . Francis’ reply was swift and, after having celebrated Mass in Santa Marta own with some of the wafers made to him by Gabriela arrive, he wrote a letter to thank her and ask her to pray for him.
The Caballero in the only interview she granted commented that the message unexpected: ” It made me happy to know that it was an answer only for me. Read ” Dear Gabriela “ was a blow to me, and deprived of his liberty in a place with so many dark hours . ” The woman also told her work: “We use machines and tools very old, borrowed from some nuns. Our hosts are handcrafted and nothing is digital as you use today. They come out great or small , but then we make the precise cut . ”
A classic question: can we welcome the wafer in your hand? Well, yes.
Children who make First Communion usually receive from the priest directly in the Hands . From that point on, however, will be free to choose whether to continue or receive it as the left hand to put it, then, in the mouth with the right. Many believers still criticize the use of hands, unsuitable because, in their view, to touch the Body of Christ … But this use was approved by the Bishops’ Conference in 1989, twenty years after the “query” on the subject made by Paul VI at all the bishops and summarized in the document ” Memorial Domini “ . The Pope authorized innovations that the bishops explained as follows: ” In addition to the use of Communion on the tongue, the Church allows to give the Eucharist and laid it on the hands of the faithful, both leaned towards the minister to accept with reverence and respect for the body of Christ. The faithful are free to choose between the two ways “ .
A simple recipe to prepare at home a sheet of wafer cake
A sheet of wafer can also be prepared in the home : it can be useful, for example, to make a cake . We need a mold for wafers and these ingredients: a liter of water , 500 grams of flour and extra virgin olive oil to taste. Sift the flour into a bowl, pour the water flush and stir with a wooden spoon until you have a smooth batter without lumps. Take the mold for wafers and, anointing him with a little ‘oil, heat it to medium heat . When it is hot, pour a generous spoonful of batter between the two blades, close and let cook for a few seconds (so that they remain white), first one side and then the other. Remove the mold from the heat and unplug the host from the palette with a fork; place it on a tray, cover with paper towel and put it under a weight to keep it from warping. Follow this procedure for all the hosts that you need. When they have cooled , remove them from under the weight and cut them as needed.
There are hosts that do not cause problems for celiacs
If the host is made with the flour of wheat and therefore contains gluten, people suffering from celiac disease , that this intolerance towards food, how can he take communion? You can do it if he is used for wafers made from wheat starch type Cerestar. In these particles, in fact, the amount of gluten is minimal, is not harmful for celiac disease (do however carefully hyper-sensitive: for them is a better comparison with a doctor) and is sufficient to allow the bread without addition of other substances that – as prescribed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith – would make the host ” invalid matter for the Eucharist “ . It is important that the celiac experience the priest in advance, so as to enable him to procure wafers “safe” (the Italian Celiac Association’s website – www. celiachia.it – lists several companies that sell them) and to organize for the conservation and the distribution, since it must never come in contact with the wafers “normal” .